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New and continuing students who started their course before 1 September 2012 can apply for student finance now!

If you started your course before 1 September 2012 the application is launching soon. Check back for details.

Part-time students

New and continuing part-time students who started their course on or after 1 September 2012

All new and continuing part-time students who started their course on or after 1 September 2012 can apply for a:

  • Tuition Fee Loan of up to £6,750 (or £4,500 for privately funded courses)
  • Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)

Tuition Fee Loan

The Tuition Fee Loan available to you can’t be more than the actual fee charged by your university or college. If the fee charge is more than is available, then you’ll have to fund the difference yourself (this may be the case for a privately funded university or college).

To be eligible for the Tuition Fee Loan you must be studying at least 25% of the equivalent full-time course for the year. This is measured by the number of part-time units (such as credits, credit points or modules) you are studying.

If you’re not sure you can calculate it by the following:

Part-Time Units ÷ Full-Time Units x 100 = Part-Time %

The Tuition Fee Loan isn't based on household income and is repayable.

Your eligibility may be impacted if you have studied before.

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)

If you're a part-time student with a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, you may be able to get extra help through Disabled Students' Allowances.

These consist of several allowances of:

  • up to £15,543 for a non-medical personal helper (annually)
  • up to £5,212 for specialist equipment (course duration)
  • up to £1,305 for other disability related expenditure (annually)

DSAs don't need to be paid back. More information is available in our interactive quick start guides or you can download the DSA application form.

This applies to all English students who are starting part-time courses.

EU part-time students can’t apply for DSAs and are unable to apply online but can download an application form at www.gov.uk/studentfinance to apply for the Tuition Fee Loan.

Open University - completing the correct DSA form (DSAs)

The Open University provides a flexible approach to study with numerous start dates available to you. Therefore, knowing which academic year your course falls under is important before completing your application form. Completing the wrong form can lead to delays in your application being assessed and support being available to you for the start of term.

The official start date of the academic year is the 1st of August. So, if you’re:

  • applying for a course starting in September 2016, you would complete a 2016/17 application form
  • applying for a course starting in April 2015, you would complete a 2015/16 application form.

You should only apply on a new application form appropriate to your academic year of study once you have completed your 15/16 academic year (including extra modules). If you’re unsure about which form to complete, speak to your university or college.

Open University DSAs – Studying an additional module in 2016/17?

If you’re planning on studying an additional module, then you’ll need to advise us of a change in your intensity of study by completing a CO2 form (AY 2016/17). It'll be available to download from 11 July on Gov.UK . Once you've filled it in, it should be returned to Student Finance England not the Open University.

All claims and invoices should now be sent to Student Finance England.

You'll be due to start repaying your loan in the April four years after the start of your course or the April after you leave your course - whichever comes first. However, you'll only start making repayments if your income is more than £21,000 a year.

Continuing part-time students who started their course before 1 September 2012

Continuing part-time Open University students

If you're a continuing part-time Open University (OU) students who started a part-time course before 1 September 2012 you should apply for funding from the OU. You should contact the OU’s financial support team by email or phone: 01908 653411 now for further information.

Postgraduate Loan

If you’re thinking about starting a part-time postgraduate Master’s course in 2016, go to the new dedicated Postgraduate Loan section for more information.

Part-time resources

We'll be adding to our part-time resources soon, so keep checking back!

Quick guides

Loans for part-time study


A quick guide explaining what student finance is available to new and continuing part-time students who started their course on or after 1 September 2012 and how and when to apply.

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Grants for part-time study


A quick guide explaining the student finance available to continuing part-time students who started their course before 1 September 2012 and how and when to apply.

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Films

Loans for part-time study

Watch our film which explains the student finance available to new and continuing students who started their course on or after 1 September 2012 and how and when to apply.
Grants for part-time study

If you're a continuing part-time student and you started your course before 1 September 2012, watch our film to find out about the student finance you can get.
What evidence will I be asked for? 2016/17

Don’t delay your student finance application! Make sure you send us the right evidence first time.
Applying for Disabled Students' Allowances for 2016/17 students

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are extra help for students who have a disability, a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty like dyslexia or dyspraxia. Watch our video to find out how and when to apply.
What are Disabled Students’ Allowances? For 2016/17 students

Find out the extra help available to help students who have a disability, including a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.
What is a Study Needs Assessment? For 2016/17 students

If you’re applying for Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs, we may ask you to arrange a Study Needs Assessment. Find out more about what a Study Needs Assessment is.
Repaying your loan

What, when and how to repay your student loan.

Main guides


Student Loans – A guide to terms and conditions - 2016/17


A guide for new and continuing students explaining what they are committing to when taking out a loan.

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How you are assessed and paid - 2016/17

A guide for new and continuing students on how we assess and pay student finance.

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Extra help – Disabled Students’ Allowances - 2016/17


A guide explaining the extra help available to students with a disability, including a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty.

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